Petersburg Pilot -

Summer crab run second largest on record


September 24, 2020

Photos courtesy of Tanya Somerville

F/V Motive crew Ines Larson, left, and Maia Cowen, right, stand ready on opening day of the summer Dungeness crab season after loading the boat with crab pots. The crabbing vessel was operated by an all girl crew.

Although this year's Southeast Alaska salmon season produced a record low run, crabbers enjoyed the second highest summer harvest on record, according to Joe Stratman, lead crab biologist for region one with Petersburg Fish and Game.

In Registration Area A, which includes all the inside waters of Southeast Alaska, 5.81 million pounds of Dungeness crab were harvested by 192 permit holders in the 2020 summer season. This year's summer season alone exceeded full season harvests for every previous year except for the summer of 2002, said Stratman. That summer, 210 permit holders harvested 5.94...

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